Abell Eyes Lexington Kentucky Office

About Us

Since 1985, Abell Eyes has been dedicated to providing eye care and refractive solutions for Lexington, Campbellsville, and the Central Kentucky area with the best technology options for vision correction. The Abell Eyes team of doctors and staff offer individualized care and permanent vision correction, which can reduce or completely eliminate dependency on glasses or contacts.


Both locations have state-of-the-art facilities designed to perform general optometry care. Our Lexington office hosts a newly renovated surgery center to perform LASIK and Cataract Surgeries, and our Campbellsville office hosts an Optical Shoppe to assist you in finding the right frames that best fit your lifestyle. Cataract surgeries are skillfully performed by Dr. Tanner and Dr. Giltner, both of whom hold esteemed positions as top surgeons in Kentucky.

Dr. Michael Tanner

Michael S. Tanner, M. D.  is a highly skilled ophthalmologist with a passion for providing exceptional eye care. With extensive experience in premium cataract surgery and a commitment to patient well-being, Dr. Tanner has earned a reputation as a trusted healthcare professional.


With a blend of medical proficiency and a strong connection to family and leisure pursuits, Dr. Tanner’s approach in the office is to ensure that every patient receives not only exceptional medical care but also a warm, compassionate touch.


Beyond his medical expertise, Dr. Tanner is a dedicated family man. He shares his life with his loving wife and wonderful children, who are a constant source of inspiration and support. When he’s not in the clinic, Dr. Tanner enjoys unwinding on the golf course, where he finds both relaxation and a sense of camaraderie.


Dr. John Giltner

John W. Giltner, M.D. hails from Akron, Ohio, and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the University of Dayton. He pursued his medical education at the esteemed Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine, where his exceptional performance earned him induction into the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society. Following this, Dr. Giltner undertook his internship in internal medicine and ophthalmology residency at the University of Virginia.


Dr. Giltner’s dedication lies in delivering tailored, specialized eye care. His expertise encompasses premium cataract surgery and refractive surgery. With a passion for his field, Dr. Giltner is committed to enhancing and preserving the vision and well-being of his patients.


When not immersed in the world of medicine, Dr. Giltner cherishes moments spent with his wife and children. He finds joy in various activities including running, cooking, golfing, skiing, and exploring new destinations.

Thomas Abell III OD Abell Eyes

Dr. Thomas Abell, III

Thomas G. Abell, III, O.D., lovingly referred to as Dr. Tom, is a distinguished graduate of Western Kentucky University and a proud member of the inaugural class of 2020 at the University of Pikeville College of Optometry. His achievements include earning honors from the Beta Sigma Kappa Honors Society and receiving the prestigious award for Ophthalmic Optics.


Dr. Tom is not only dedicated to providing comprehensive examinations for eyeglasses and contact lenses, but he also offers expert consultations for LASIK and cataract procedures. His expertise extends to the treatment of various eye conditions and diseases, including glaucoma and dry eye. Moreover, he is adept at performing surgical and laser procedures within the office setting.


Beyond his professional pursuits, Dr. Tom finds joy in outdoor adventures with his family, often enjoying activities like hiking and fishing. An avid culinary enthusiast, he takes great pleasure in the art of cooking. Dr. Tom, his wife Bridget, their cherished son, and their beloved dog Hank, call Campbellsville their home. With both warmth and expertise, Dr. Tom takes pride in serving the Campbellsville community.


Dr. Forest T. Pope

Forest T. Pope, O. D., is a distinguished graduate from Berea College Class of 2018 with a major in Cell and Molecular Biology.  Dr. Pope is a proud alumnus of the University of Pikeville College of Optometry.  His dedication to his craft has not gone unnoticed. He was honored with the prestigious Pioneer International Senior Leadership award during his time at the University.


Dr. Pope conducts thorough assessments for eyeglasses, soft and scleral contact lenses, and leads the Dry Eye Clinic at Abell Eyes. In addition to these services, he offers treatment for glaucoma and performs minor office procedures.


Beyond the realm of optometry, Dr. Pope’s heart beats for a few key passions. Being a 2x All American baseball player himself, he is an avid supporter of UK athletics. You’ll often find him cheering passionately for his beloved Wildcats. He’s also on a never-ending quest to discover the world’s finest cup of coffee, a journey that he takes with his wife Riley and their two furry companions. For Dr. Pope, optometry is more than a profession; it’s a calling. He firmly believes that everyone deserves to experience life through the clarity of perfect vision, enabling them to live their best and fullest lives.

Free LASIK Consultations

Your LASIK consultation is completely free. Your complimentary visit will give you a chance to get to know our doctors and find out more about eye care options.

Dr. Tom Abell

Dr. Thomas Abell

Dr. Tom Abell, M.D., the distinguished founder of Abell Eyes, stands as a pioneer in the field of ophthalmology. Renowned as the first surgeon to perform LASIK eye surgery in Lexington, KY, Dr. Abell’s legacy spans over three decades of exceptional care. Though he has retired from direct patient care, his enduring influence continues to shape the team.


A graduate of the University of Kentucky and its College of Medicine, Dr. Abell completed his internship at Jewish Hospital (Cincinnati) before serving as Chief Resident in the Department of Ophthalmology at the University of Kentucky Medical Center.


With a surgical career dating back to 1985, Dr. Abell’s expertise has touched the lives of over 35,000 refractive surgery patients. He holds a prominent position on Alcon’s Refractive Clinical Advisory Board, a testament to his standing as a leader in the field. Dr. Abell is a board-certified ophthalmologist and a distinguished member of the American Board of Ophthalmology, the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons, and the American College of Eye Surgeons.


Dr. Abell’s contributions extend beyond surgical practice. He played a pivotal role in advancing techniques of intraocular lens implant and refractive surgery, earning a place as a core investigator in the FDA’s American Laser In-situ Keratomileusis (LASIK) study (CRS/USA). His involvement in the FDA approval of the Allegretto Wave Laser for both nearsightedness and farsightedness in 2003 further underscores his impact.


A sought-after speaker at national and international conferences, Dr. Abell has enlightened fellow professionals on various refractive surgical techniques. His wealth of knowledge has also found its way into numerous published articles in peer-reviewed journals.


Beyond his professional endeavors, Dr. Abell actively supports charitable organizations in Lexington, KY, and holds notable positions such as Chairman of the Audit Committee for the Kentucky Lottery Corporation and a member of the UK Board of Trustees.


Dr. Abell’s commitment to advancing ophthalmology remains unwavering, leaving an indelible mark on both the field and the lives of countless patients.